Brangien Hat knitting pattern
Do you have a skein of sock yarn in your stash that you’re not sure what to do with? Maybe you enjoy making socks, but you either need a break from socks or feel that this particular skein just isn’t meant to be a pair of socks. You’ve asked other people what you should do with this skein of yarn and they suggest a shawl, but you’re not sure that you’re a shawl person. Have you thought about trying a hat? This hat pattern is designed for you to show off that special skein of yarn and make it into something useful and wearable.
madelinetosh tosh sock (100% Merino, 395 yds/361 m per 100 g skein); 1 skein; sample uses colorway Hosta Blue
or 300 yds (275 m) of another fingering weight yarn, such as Round Table Yarns Gawain
US 2 (2.75 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle, or one size smaller than larger needle
US 3 (3.25 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
US 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
3 stitch markers (2 matching, 1 different)
24 sts and 36 rows over 4" (10 cm) in Double Moss Stitch on larger needles
22" (56 cm) circumference x 8" (20 cm) tall
The pattern has been professionally printed on 80# cover stock and uses a half-fold binding (created by folding a single sheet that is twice the size of the finished product in half, creating a 4-page publication). The size of the pattern is letter size (8 1/2" x 11").
Electronic PDF Version Included
On the print copy of the pattern, you'll find a sticker with a coupon code. Enter that coupon code on Ravelry and a PDF version of the pattern will be added to your Ravelry library. That way if you ever lose the print copy, the pattern will still be available to you. If you just want the electronic version of the pattern, you can purchase it on Ravelry here.
The Story Behind the Pattern Name
Brangien (whose name is spelled in many different ways) is a character in the Tristan and Isolde story, which is a rather tragic love story. Brangien is the handmaid (and friend) of Isolde, who has been promised to King Mark. Isolde’s mother wants her daughter to be happy in her marriage, so she brews a love potion for Isolde and Mark to take so their marriage will be a love match (as well as the political match that it truly is). Brangien is entrusted with the potion.
Tristan, Mark’s nephew, has come to take Isolde to her future husband and home. On the ship, Tristan and Isolde find the potion and, not knowing what it is, drink it and thus fall madly in love. Needless to say, Isolde now would not be a virgin on her wedding night to Mark.
So Brangien (who is still a virgin) steps in and takes Isolde’s place on the wedding night so Mark does not find out Isolde is not a virgin and Isolde can remain honorable (or at least appear to remain honorable since she and Tristan continue their love affair, which ends in unhappiness for everyone involved).
Photos copyright Karen Robinson. Pattern layout by Elizabeth Green of Stitch Definition.